The Buckeyes are off this week, but the Ryan Day Radio show is not.

The Ohio State head coach went to 97.1 The Fan on Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the Buckeyes as they head into an off weekend — and he was even joined by Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann for the final segment of the show.

Here are some of the highlights.

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On the do-week

  • Day said they are keeping the schedule the same this week to build some consistency.

  • “I felt like the routine was important this year.”

  • Day said some players will get more rest than others, but he wants everyone to “keep their advantage”.

  • “We have to keep building. We have some very good teams in this second half.”

On the performance against Maryland

  • “We have performed much better than in the past.”

  • “Great to get some help from the special teams too.”

  • “Stronger competition as we go into these last two games.”

On the long touchdown drive to start the game

  • “That ride took about a quarter and a half to get onto the field.”

  • “I felt it was the right choice to go for it.”

  • Day said Ohio State is in the process of blurring the goal line.

In Defense of Maryland

  • Day said Maryland’s defenses looked very different from what they saw on film.

  • “No, it was different.”

  • “They didn’t go radically different, but it was different enough.”

On Ohio’s Defense Against Maryland

  • Day said the state of Ohio had changed their view of Maryland a bit.

  • Day said he felt they did a good job of putting pressure on the quarterback in passing scenarios.

  • “Ultimately we have to stop the run game to even get there, and I think we did that.

On Thayer Munford

  • “He did everything we asked of him.”

  • “He will go down in history as one of the best on the O-Line here.”

  • Day said it would be great to see him win the Lombardi.

To play some depth

  • “It gives us a reference point,” Day said of getting young players on the pitch.

  • “We’ve had some guys come on the field in the last two weeks, which has been great.”

  • Day said they sometimes struggle to queue and know their assignments because they’ve been playing scout team all week and not practicing.

On Steele Chambers

  • “Steele really hasn’t played the position for very long, but you can see him flash, that’s exciting.”

  • Day said he thinks it helps Steele Chambers that he played offensively. He can see the game from a different perspective.

On the potential to get off the kick-off

  • “I would vote for the abolition of the kickoff return.”

  • Day said he is in favor of giving the receiving team the ball at the 20-yard line.

  • Day said these are the biggest clashes in the game and he thinks it would be in the interest of player safety to remove that game.

  • Day said he thinks onside kicks should still be allowed.

  • “Whether that happens or not, I don’t know.”

About what he’s going to do this weekend

  • Ryan Day said he will be taking a break this Saturday and not doing much mentally.

  • Day said mental rest is just as important as physical rest.

  • However, Day said he will probably watch some football on television. “I can just watch other people stress and be a bit of a fan.”

  • Day said he doesn’t really know when is a good time for a goodbye week, but it’s always good to have a break.

About Noah Ruggles and Jesse Mirko

  • “That’s the purpose of them not being there,” Day joked.

  • Day said their role will be “very, very important”.

  • “We will need them in the second half of the season.”

  • Day said Ruggles hit a 57-yarder in practice. “It was good to see him hit one from so far.”

To freshmen who didn’t play their last season

  • “I think we’ve moved forward at this point now, halfway through.”

  • Day said they saw those consequences at the start of the season.

  • “All I see are young guys who might be hitting the wall as freshmen.

About the health of CJ Stroud

  • “It’s good that he’s healthy, that gives him confidence.”

  • Day said his ability to exercise healthily has also been important.

  • Day said he doesn’t know how much the injury really affected his game.

  • “I know the games we start are difficult.”

  • “I’m proud of his work to date.”

  • “I think the guys are really starting to believe in him, and that’s a big part of it.”

On TreVeyon Henderson

  • “He’s versatile.”

  • Day said Henderson can run between tackles, hit a home run, block and catch the ball out of the backfield.

  • “He has shown that he has the ability” to be an all-round defender. “That makes him unique.

On Watching Indiana and Michigan State

  • Day said he will watch that game this weekend.

  • “These are good teams that we are going to play against.”

  • “It will be nice to sit back and watch these two teams go after it.

About how players interact with NIL

  • Day said someone is coming in to talk to the team about name, image and likeness.

  • Day notes that the players now have to pay taxes.

  • “It’s still a learning process.”

  • Day said NIL has benefited “significantly, a few”. Day said for others it has helped “some” and for some it has had minimal effect.

Chris Holtmann

On the way to the season

  • “We have a lot of positive vibes.”

  • Holtmann praised the football team: “How good does our football team look right now?”

On a heavy non-conference schedule

  • “I’ve always tried to schedule a very heavy non-conference schedule.”

  • Holtmann said one of the things he heard from fans when he got here is that they wanted a strong non-conference schedule.

  • “It’s the toughest non-conference program I’ve been a part of.

On scrimmages this season

  • Holtmann said the team was scrambling this week and bringing in officials.

  • “I like Big Ten officials. I just want to capture that.”

  • Holtmann said a closed scrimmage is on the way, but he can’t say who it is against.

  • “Somehow those closed scrimmages, it always leaks out who you’re playing against, where you’re playing and even the final score — so you’ll hear all that soon.”

About Missing Duane Washington

  • Chris Holtmann said they will miss Duane Washington, who “never saw a shot he didn’t like.”

  • “We don’t have anyone now” who can fill Duane’s void instantly.

  • Holtmann notes that there were some games where Duane Washington was “almost unstoppable.”

About Cedric Russell

  • Holtmann said the game level was an adjustment of his.

  • “His head is spinning a little, kind of like a freshman would.”

  • Holtmann said once he’s comfortable, he’ll be a big part of that backcourt.

On Jamari Wheeler

  • “This little guy, he’s just a ball hawk.”

  • Holtmann said: “He’s one of the best defenders and one of the most persistent defenders I’ve ever seen.

  • Holtmann notes that he will have to grow offensively.

On Joey Brunk

  • “I think the depth with those guys.”

  • Holtmann said that in today’s basketball you have to have a varying line-up.

  • Holtmann said when Ohio State went small last year they had a really good attack, but Joey Brunk and Zed Key will help their draft.

  • “He’s excited about helping,” Holtmann said of Brunk.

  • “He’s a big body, and you need that in that competition.”

About home football matches that are important for recruitment

  • Holtmann said it’s 15 or 16 hour recruiting days.

  • Holtmann said, “They’re great weekends,” and it’s a great way to showcase the university as a whole.